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Q: Unable to boot

I turn my computer on and get "Floppy Diskette seek failure" press F1 or F2-but the keyboard does not respond. Can anyone help.

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Preferred Solution: Unable to boot

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Win 7x64
Acer-5251
Everything seems to be working fine, but as the title suggests, when i tap F8 the Advanced boot options DO appear, but when i engage "Repair Windows" it just goes into a normal boot. Ive tried booting from my installation CD that i've purchased from Acer, but does nothing. And Yes My CD Drive is working, as well having this set as top priority in BIOS and CD is in good condition.

In addition to this, ive tried using the "Advanced Recovery options" from within Windows itself but when i go to click restart computer, i get an error message, with red-x, stating windows is unable to restart.

Additional info that may be relevant, is that a few months ago, i had a friend work on my computer, because windows wouldnt boot at all. When My laptop was returned to me, everything was fresh, but there was missing programs etc...He said, he had to format the hard drive to get it up and running again.

Anyway i appreciate any help as to what i should i do next, or answer any questions you may have-Thank-you!

A:Unable to access System Recovery in Boot Menu, and unable to boot disk

Quote:
He said, he had to format the hard drive to get it up and running again.


What type of Windows DVD was used?

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Hi,
Question Re: XPS 8700 with Windows 8.1.  if computer is no longer able to boot into Windows.
And Restore is not able to correct issue. 
And Refresh is unable to correct issue.
But Dell Backup and Recovery indicates no issues were found and now asks to Reinstall Operating System.
is Installation Restore/Original Image Media required to complete the Reinstallation usind Dell Backup and Recovery?
Alternatively if the Reset My PC option is used is Installation media required?
Thanks.

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When I try to start my laptop the 'Acer' logo flashes with 'press f2 to enter setup, f12 to change boot device, then to a black screen with a flashing cursor but unable to type, then screen turns off and it just repeats over and over. I'm unable to start in safe mode. I don't have the original Windows disc and no access to another computer, at this stage. I have a wireless keyboard and when I plug in the dongle am able to use it. 
 
If I press f2 then I'm able to access 'Phoenix Securecore Tiano Setup' with tabs for Information, Main, Security, Boot and Exit.
 
Before the laptop refused to start it was having an error about not being able to write to drive. I ran two programs, one anti malware and the other I think was Glary. I was able to start both in normal and safe mode at this stage.
 
Anyone have any ideas how to fix this? Dumbed down advice would be great! 
 
Acer Aspire 4752
Windows 7
Intel Core i3-2350m cpu @ 2.30ghz
 

A:Windows 7 Acer laptop unable to boot, unable to use safemode

It sounds like your HDD is broken.
 
Sorry, it really sounds that way.
 
Ultimate Boot CD has a range of tools that will help you confirm this. (look in the HDD Diagnosis section on the list)
 
Burn the disk and boot it, run the tool you choose...

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Hi,
This morning I went to use my laptop and it is no longer booting.  The power will come on and the power button lights up, the keyboard lights up.  If I let it sit it will stop running after around 30 seconds to 1 minute.
If I click the power button after it started, I can hear the fans spin up then the system shut down.  I have ran the LCD test and it works.  Their is no boot screen at all or dell screen.
I updated the bios last week and I had run it since.  I also took the whole thing apart today to remove the bios battery for 1 minute and put it back together but it still does not run.
Is their a way to diagnose motherboard issues?  why would it not boot or is their more steps to look at?Thank you

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Hi.

I accidently installed grub onto the seven boot partition. I can't boot into seven. It loads the ubuntu select os screen, I select WIndows 7 (Loader), and it justs goes back to the ubuntu select os.

Please can someone help?

I still have windows 7 installed, and I have full access to ubuntu.

A:Accidently installed grub onto windows 7 boot partiton. Unable to boot

To Remove Linux take look at this post:
Error 0xc0000225 on boot

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Hi,
My pc (win 8, IE9, 64 bit) started behaving oddly suddenly before refusing to go any further now saying unable to find boot drive, please insert boot disk and press any key.
Is this terminal and have I lost all data on that pc? Will taking it to a pc wizard do any good?
I am in Australia
I hope someone can offer productive advice
Fiona

A:Unable to find boot drive insert boot disk

Welcome,
I'm assuming that you are currently communicating from another computer.
Do you have the installation disk? If not, then the trip to the PC wizard sounds like a wise choice.
The data loss will depend on what is wrong and when you made your last backup. It could be very little to total.
Keep us posted
 
Dick

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Hello there,

I have a problem. I have a dual boot computer with Xp on C: and Win2k3 on D:

As my XP is behaving very weird lately, I intend to reinstall my C: again with XP again. But if I do so, my Win2K3 on D: will fail to start. I have done this experiment on a spare machine.

Does anyone know how I can reinstall XP on my C: and yet make sure that my Win2K3 still works well on my D: ?

Any help is greatly appreciated.
 

A:Win2K3 unable to boot after installing WinXP as a dual boot

Yes. You need to restore the boot environment that was installed with Windows 2003 server. Its more up to date than the one that was installed with XP, and is capable of booting both, whereas the older XP one you now have can only boot XP and not 2003.

I believe you will be able to get round this:

Install XP.

Backup your boot.ini file.

Boot from your Windows 2003 CD and begin an installation.

After the text based stage, where the files are copied to the hard drive, STOP THE INSTALLATION BEFORE THE GRAPHICAL STAGE, AND DON'T FORMAT!!!! You can do this by booting from the Windows 2003 CD instead of the HDD.

Then, boot from the Windows 2003 CD into recovery console, and rename your old boot.ini file as the new one.

Basically, you are wanting the Windows 2003 installation program to write its boot environment to the HDD again, but not to reinstall the OS.

You get around this in future by installing OSes in the order they were released, from the oldest to the newest, so that the following would be installed in this order:

Windows 95
Windiws 98
Windows NT 4
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows 2003


I hope this helps. Sorry if this is a little vague but its early in the morning. Post back if you still have questions, but I've encountered this problem many times and that was how I fixed it. I don't recall fixboot or fixmbr from the recovery console helping.
 

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After deleting the partition on which Ubuntu was installed and enlarging the windows partition to fill the old space at the same time( stupid I know), I am unable to boot to Windows 7. All I see is a command line message that says Unknown File System and on the next line says Grub Rescue> with the option to input commands. After looking at this forum and Ubuntu forums I'm still unable to resolve the issue. I would like to be able to boot into windows 7.

A:Unable to boot Windows 7 after unistalling Ubuntu Dual boot

You'll have to restore your Master Boot Record. See this tutorial:

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

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Hello,

I own a HP Pavilion Tablet with Vista Business. I haven't noticed it until just recently that the CD-ROM drive disappeared off device manager. In an attempt to remedy the problem (hoping it was a software problem), I do what I usually do: rstrui. When recent restore dates didn't work, I turned the clock back the oldest state I had, which was back in late September. Next thing I knew, it wouldn't boot properly. It would pass the initial stage but would eventually end up on a blank screen. However, the cursor is visible (and movable). I can't progress through this point. BIOs is unreachable and it cannot boot from CD. I am unsure as to how to proceed from here. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.
 

A:Unable to Boot; Unable to detect CD

First and foremost, read your manual as to how to do a system recovery. There will be a key or key combo to hit when powering up like F11 or whatever. This starts the system recovery.

Note many of these will overwrite ALL data on the drive. If there is info you need ie work files, data files, etc; I would pull the drive and slave it to a working system. Copy whatever data you need. Reinstall the drive and do the recovery.
 

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So I recently got some laptop parts to upgrade my laptop with from my friend who had the same model. Everything was working until I switched the harddrive (Big mistake). I thought since the model of laptops was the same, it could just be swapped in, but I was wrong and now I can't completely bootup my laptop with either drives. (I'm currently trying my fixes on my original drive)

On a restart after it downloaded some drivers, the device scanned the harddrive for consistency which deleted a few things. Since then it is mostly unable to boot (there have been a few times that it booted up but they are few and eventually they shut itself back down) and throws me in a bootloop even after I switched the original harddrive back in. I can boot it up successfully into safemode and use my windows recovery disc to boot up my laptop but neither of those are permanent fixes.

I've tried using the built in startup repair multiple times but it says it is unable to fix the problem. Looking at the logs of the scan, it says the root of the problem is a corrupt system volume disk.

I've also tried using system restore to earlier time but no luck. I've tried last known good configuration but didn't work.

I've tried performing a chkdsk function which was not able to fix the problem.

I've tried using bootrec. one of the functions showed that I had 0 windows installed. looking up and following the /rebuildbcd function from the microsoft site I fixed that problem so that it shows ... Read more

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Hi there!
My samsung laptop is unable to boot and it is showing an error 0xc0000001 ( you will need to use the recovery tools on your installation media). I don't have any recovery tool and I am unable to boot in any mode. I have also tried to install a new OS but no external media is working. Please help me.
 

A:Inaccesible boot device, Unable to boot in any mode.

welcome to the forum

first to unplug usbs, battery and power if plugged in. press the start button and hold for 30 secs. replace power, battery and reboot.
 

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The problem about which I'm posting is with a Gateway 820gm XP Media Center 2005 PC. Some background information on the state of this PC before the incident:The system's main hard drive died last week (no mystery, I dropped the friggin' thing), so I recently put in a new HD and reinstalled the operating system. After many hours downloading all of the Windows Service Packs and other updates (the most recent of which was the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack), the PC was finally back up and running, and was doing so quite smoothly.I typically leave my PC on overnight and use an alarm clock program to wake myself up. When I awoke to my cell phone alarm instead, I noticed the usual signs of a power outage. (12:00 blink on microwave, stereo, etc.) Naturally, I switched on my computer. Then...The computer began to boot as normal and prompted me for the boot password, which it took as expected. It then continued to the usual Windows splash screen that precedes the Welcome Screen or the Desktop (depending on user settings). However, after the Windows splash screen, my monitors remained blank. After several minutes and, wondering if this was just a display failure, I began to take actions that would normally result in sound output (activating Windows Media Center, keying Shift 5 times for the StickyKeys beep, etc.) No result. I tested the "sleep" button on my keyboard which also yielded no result. I then did a hard reboot. Once more, I entered the boot pa... Read more

A:Unable to boot/incomplete boot after power outage

Only a question do you run a battery backup or just a power strip? It is possible that you got hit with a mild surge, only a guess!

Phil

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Hey all.
This is probably the biggest problem i've encountered with windows ever and i actually suspect its my hardware but not sure how to prove it and what step to take next if it is.

I have w7 installed on a SSD 64gig (C ) and most of my apps/games etc on a standard 1tb HDD (E )

The problem:
-as of yesterday, on starting the computer, windows 7 fails to boot, it goes to the w7 splash screen for about 15secs and then the monitor flickers off and the system restarts. W7 then gives the option to start normally or in repair mode.
-I've gone through repair mode now and tried both the startup repair (9 times, it finds no specific problem),
-the system restore, which lists 3 possible restore points (each one says success but then the same loop as above occurrs anyway)
-Ive also tried the bootrec commands via the command prompt available in system recovery.
-When i try to boot in with safe mode it goes black with a cursor and stops there
-when i try to boot via the dvd, it loads the windows background and cursor and stops there.
-In safe mode via the dvd it loads black screen and the 'safe mode' text in each corner and white cursor and stops there.

so at the moment i can't actually even do a repair or even clean reinstall via the disc which is pretty disturbing.
I've also tried chckdsk and used chkdsk /fix. this did report problems on the C drive and the /f run did say it corrected things on the ssd but still i am unable to load or boot via safe/system recover or ev... Read more

A:Win7 boot failure, DVD unable to reinstall/boot

Welcome!

All these symptoms point to a hardware issue to me as well. In particular, the part about the monitor flickering off draws my attention, because I wonder if it is a video card problem.

Do you have another graphics card you can use? If you are using a real video card, use the onboard graphics to test with if you have them.

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Having problem with son's HP desktop.  When it boots, press the Esc key, get a boot menu. But ... unable to select ANY of the items.  Keyboard is not recognized when in this menu. Tried several different keyboards -- same symptoms on all. Also, despite having the CD/DVD device first in the boot order, when have bootable CD or DVD in the drive, see the text come up to press a key to boot from that device, but it does not boot from the disk, instead it puts up a message about booting from the system -- and once again, the keyboard(s) appear to be nonfunctional at this point. Product number: XX094AV Looked on the HP site to see if there is a BIOS update, but there is no BIOS listed. Could use some help on this. thanks

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Hi,

In my hard-disk i have total 4 partition ©:windows, (D):data, (E):HP Recovery Manager and (F):Windows 7. Therefore Initial Stage where Windows Boot Manager loads i use to get two option whether want to load from windows 7 or Windows vista.

But some few days back my pc were infected with trojon, etc. Then i used HP Recovery Manager to restore my PC to default factory settings. After re-installing Windows Vista from the Recovery manager, I reconize that i am unable to boot to my Windows 7. I think Boot Manager has been disturbed. If i place Windows 7 DVD then windows files load and then hangs for few mins and then message displays that
"Windows has encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer.
This error can be caused by unplugging a removable storage device such as an external USB drive while the device is in use, or by faulty hardware such as a hard drive or CD-ROM drive that is failing. Make sure any removable storage is properly connected and then restart your computer.
If you continue to receive this error message, contact the hardware manufacturer.
Status: 0xc00000e9
Info: An unexpected I/O error has occurred."

I dint Attach any removable storage to my pc.

I have tried EasyBCD 2.1, but installation stops in middle and program exits without installing it.

Therefore how to boot from Windows 7 and fix the Boot Manager, where i can load in both the windows version.

So can anyone help with it as soon as possible, bec... Read more

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Dear All,

My computer has been infected with a Boot.TidServ.B virus.

Norton Recovery Tool has detected it, but can't fix it. Is Norton Power Eraser likely to be able to kill this kind of virus? What other options are available? NB the computer can't boot up, including in Safe Mode, so any solution would have to be run from CD/DVD ROM.

I've done a bit of research and come across an application called "TDSSkiller" from Kaspersky - is this likely to work? Note that, again, it would have to be run-able from CDROM.

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Boot.TidServ.B virus on computer, unable to boot

dantilley & MarrzlHello and to the BC forums.Please sit tight and be patient.I have requested that an experienced helper who specialises in un-bootable computers respond to your topic.Thank you.

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When I start the machine (XP Pro), it wonít boot in any mode. Going via F2 I can get to boot from CD but I donít have an XP recovery CD for the machine as it was an OEM with pre-installed XP (Tried a friendís XP Pro Recovery disc but it just gets me to Unmountable Boot Volume)

Have run Ubuntu (which works) and have recovered my files but would like to recover the XP OS if possible. Is there any way I can use Ubuntu to recover (as the HDD is obviously ok). Sorry havenít got any info re the machine apart from its a Toshiba U400.

Any thoughts would be really appreciated
 

A:Solved: Unable to boot XP - Unmountable Boot Volume

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hey guys,

i m having a hardware error,on my windows vista...recently due to battery problem.. i had to do alot of restarts during the windows was being loaded.... and after one point it stopped ... so what happens is the bar keeps on comming and .... after one point is kinda freezes.. and if i try to go via safe mode... it stops after one particular file...hangs
on trying to reinstall... it hangs ..when it says press any key to install from this disk"...

so i believe my hardisk might have been corupted..and also.. ido hear strange noises from hardisk at startup....(screeching noise.. 3 to 4 times )... otherwise... when i put the other hardisk...my computer is fine

for information: it is vista genuine. with 4 gb ram and 100gb hardisk.... intel centrino.

also i dont get any kind of error.that i can tell you about!!
 

A:hardware error!unable to start,boot, or do anything on boot up

Sounds like the Hard drive is having problems....you should not hear that type of noise from the Hard drive.
 

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Problem
My hard drive will not boot without using a bootable CD to reference the Windows partition.

Symptom
When I power on my computer, the BIOS POST displays, then a black screen with a blinking cursor (_) in the top left appears. Nothing happens after this, no error messages or anything.

Current Workaround
I can place Hiren's BootCD (Hiren's BootCD 15.1 - All in one Bootable CD ? www.hiren.info) into the drive, and allow the computer to boot to this CD. Once it is booted, I can scroll down to the menu option "Boot from Disc 0, Partition 2", and the Windows 7 install on my C:\ drive will boot like it should.

BackgroundThe drive originally shipped with Partition 1 as a 10gb recovery/restore partition, and Partition 2 is where Windows 7 was installed.
At some point, the recovery partition had data on it accidently deleted, rendering it useless.
Ubuntu was installed as dual-boot with Windows 7. This shrunk partition 2 (Windows 7), and added partition 3 (200gb) and partition 4 (50gb) for Ubuntu. It then booted to a GRUB bootloader which had Windows 7 as the last option on the list.
Uninstallation of Ubuntu. I used the methods shown at this link: The Non-Geek?s Guide To Safely Uninstall Ubuntu From A Dual-Booting MachinePartitions 1, 3, and 4 were deleted using EASUS Partition Manager in Windows.
Partition 2 (Windows 7) was moved to the beginning of the hard drive and enlarged to use the entire disc using Disk Management utility.
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A:MBR/BCD Missing/Invalid Unable to boot without Boot CD

Hi Foxnet.
Welcome to sevenforums
Can you provide us your screenshot of your listed partition on disk management
just like mine
Kevin

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Hello all,

First-of-all, thank you for reading this thread...any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.

I have a Dell Dimension 8400 (circa 2006?). Not used very often. New 1 TB hdd placed approximately 1 year ago. Since it was still running slow (about 6 months ago) with occasional BSOD, took it in to local "tech guy" who added some RAM, "cleaned things up", and replaced XP Home with XP Pro....

Since then, it has been working OK (minor problems not worth mentioning here)...only used for Quicken, Rhapsody, and very light internet surfing...NO questionable websites...have ZoneAlarm firewall and AVAST antivirus...

PROBLEM showed up last night...BSOD...on rebooting, following message comes up...
The instruction at "0x77c47e9f" referenced memory at "0x00000000". The memory could not be "read".

Click on OK to terminate the program
Click on CANCEL to debug the program
Regardless of which option I choose, the computer offers the same message again once or twice. After 8 to 10 minutes, my normal desktop appears. Unfortunately, there is no START or Taskbar. Whether I do anything or not, after 2 to 3 minutes, I get the following message...
System is shutting down...initiated by NT.AUTHORITY\SYSTEM

Windows must now restart because the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service terminated unexpectedly.
ATTEMPTED SOLUTIONS:
I read that I should do the following ....reboot and press F8...I was given alternative reboot options...c... Read more

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When i boot up my computer it doesnt reach the user login screen before it loads of startup repair. It looks for a fix but it doesnt find one. In the diagnosis the only error it shows is 'Boot critical file C:\Windows\system32\drivers\vmbus.sys is corrupt'. I have booted kaspersky repair disk and run a full scan which found no viruses or malware etc. From the startup repair window i have tried a system restore which had the same problem when attempting to boot. I can only access the system recovery options screen.

I am running windows 7 32bit, and i dont have a windows 7 disk but do have the windows 7 32bit iso file that i used to install windows 7.

I would be grateful for any help to resolve this issue.

Thanks in advance.

A:Unable to boot into Windows 7: Boot critical file C:\Windows\system32\drivers\vmbus.sys is corrupt

but do have the windows 7 32bit iso file that i used to install windows 7
so burn the win7 iso to dvd and see if you can boot to it and run the repair

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Hi,
I had this system which was working for a year, till now i had problem unable to make the monitor working.
It is a similar problem with this thread a year back,

techspot.com/vb/all/windows/t-106632-Monitor-Fails-to-Boot.html

Basically, my cpu is able to boot into windows, ( by hearing the sounds and so on ),
however my monitor is in sleep mode.
I cant access anything right from dos since i cant see anything.

I had tried replace VGA cable and monitor, but it didnt work.
below is the spec of my computer.

19" samsung monitor
Winfast PX 7600 GT (used a DVI > VGA convertor )
AMD dual-core 64x2 3800+
ASUS board, forgot wad is the model. ( No integrated graphic port )
2 gig ram

Thanks
Alan
 

A:Unable to boot monitor at boot up

The video card may be bad. Swap it out with another to test
 

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Hi,

About 3 days ago I reinstalled Windows 7 and though I would XP on this same HDD rather than my seperate one the installed Linux Mint. So I installed it in this order - Windows 7, XP and Linux Mint

Rather than using the Linux boot menu because it showed me Windows 7 twice rather than Windows 7 and XP So I used EasyBCD in Windows XP and added XP to find the drive its self and linux as well. Linux and windows 7 I can boot ok but when I choose the option for XP it just goes to a black screen no windows loading screen or anyhing just a black screen.

Does any have ides with this for me?
Thanks.
 

A:Triple boot unable to boot XP

My first view of this is that you failed to check the box in EasyBCD
Run EasyBCD.
NOTE: This is required to repair the Windows 7 boot file and add XP to the Windows Boot Manager list.

9. On the left side of EasyBCD, click on the Add New Entry button. (See screenshot below)A) In the top section under Operating Systems, click on the Windows tab. (See screenshot below)
​B) To the right of Type, select Windows NT/2k/XP/2k3 from the drop down menu. (See screenshot below)
WARNING: Be sure to leave the Automatically detect correct drive box checked.

C) To the right of Name, you can leave the default Microsoft Windows XP as the name to be displayed in the Windows Boot Manager, or you can type whatever name you would like to have instead. (See screenshot below)
​D) Click on the Add Entry button. (See screenshot below)

​10. On the left side of EasyBCD, click on the Bootloader Setup button, select (dot) the Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR option, and click on the Write MBR button. (See screenshot below)
​11. Close EasyBCD.
 

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Sorry if this is long... I've just want to make sure I include everything I need to.

I've got an Asus G51J Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and the other day it randomly bluescreen'd. Figuring it was a simple crash, I didn't bother to remember the error, and I let it restart. But, when it tried to start back up, it couldn't.

I'm assuming the problem has to do with a corrupt/missing memtest.exe. Honestly, I can't remember how exactly I got to the screen where the computer said that (though, I assume I was doing something in Setup Menu) but it just said that Windows couldn't start due to a missing or corrupt file. Then some other words and then: "File: memtest.exe".
Everything below is what happens when I turn the computer on, as well as what I've all ready tried
When I turn on my computer it shows the Asus splash screen (with the logo and "Esc to Enter Popup Menu | F2 to Enter Setup Menu") and then goes into an error message that says:

Windows Error Recovery
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
If windows files have been damaged or configured incorrectly, Startup Repair can help diagnose and fix the problem. If power was interrupted during startup, choose Start Windows Normally
(BUTTON:)Launch Startup Repair (recommended)
(BUTTON:)Start Windows Normally

I didn't think that'd be very helpful, but thought it was worth posting. Anyway, neither button works. If I press Launch Startup Repair, the compu... Read more

A:Unable to Boot OS

UPDATE: Running Memtest86+ now...

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Hi,
I have an ACER 5536 Laptop which had Windows 7 Home Premium installed. I suffered a complete crash due to a virus and as a consequence, I had to reformat my C: Drive.
Some time before the crash, using the facility provided in Windows 7, I made a complete Image of my C: drive on an external hard drive and also burned a Bootable 'rescue' CD.
The problem I now have, is that I am unable to boot the Laptop from the CD.
After powering up, the CD drive appears to 'search' but after a few seconds just spins down and then nothing happens.

Before the crash, the laptop was configured to boot from the CD drive - I always configure my PCs that way - and I know that the boot CD is OK, since I tried it on another PC and the CD/DVD drive was working OK before the crash. I even burned a 'BartPE CD on another PC and attempted to boot my Laptop with it, but the result was the same.

I now have a totally 'dead' Laptop

Can anyone please suggest how I can bring it back to life?
I would be most grateful......

A:Unable to Boot from CD

If the optical drive is defective, replace it or get an external CD/DVD drive.

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Hi,

My PC first just worked fine, i shut it down normaly and the next day it wouldnt start up. The PC is quite old, like 3 years but it just worked normaly. It had a version of XP on it but i dont think that it is necessary to know that... I already tried a new video cart.... The problem is:
It boots up, no screen, only red and green light on, and red is HD thingie and green is power. And i can hear everything working.... just no screen.

I hope i gave you enough info!

Thanks for any responses on it. And sorry for my bad english...

Greetings,

Greacius
 

A:Unable to boot

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I bought a laptop Aspire E1-531 yesterday.  I have been trying to boot from the DVD drive without any success.  I can read the drive with no problem after boot-up. I enabled F12 Boot Menu at InsydeH20 Setup Utility.  When I have the menu come up I can see only the Windows Boot Manager and nothing else.  Why is that?  Eventurally I have to change the Boot Priority order hoping to boot from the CD drive.  However, the booting process still bypass the CD.  Please help!

A:Unable to boot CD.

I once had a machine with which I needed to actually disable the hard drive boot option and not just switch the boot priority around as that didn`t work...once I had sorted my problem out I went back and needed to enable the boot options...just saying how I managed to do this.

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My PC has not booted up for the last couple of days and I can't find any way to move forward (other than taking the PC to an engineer). When I start it up, it goes through the screen that lists the drives and at the point that the OS normally starts up, the pc restarts - it continues to do this until I switch off. I have managed to get on to a diagnostics utility that took 10 hours to complete and which said all was ok. I also got onto the windows boot manager that has a memory diagnostic tool, but that only showed that file \boot\memtest.exe was missing or corrupt. It also advises to insert the Vista intall disc to try to repair, but I don't have one (pre-installed by Dell). I want to do a reset but need the OS to do that as the recovery files are on a partition(I also have a couple of files that I need to capture before I reset). Any pointers?

A:Unable to boot

If you have access to another comp you can make recovery disks from this site Download: Windows Vista x64 Recovery Disc — The NeoSmart Files
just scroll down the page and choose your version i:e 64 or 32bit !

Hope this gets you sorted Good Luck !

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When my friend attempts to boot his computer, it loads to the black page with white writing then reboots.
It will not go past this point.

Any suggestings please. Thanks

A:Unable to boot

New build or has it run a while before?

Specs are needed including the video card and the brand name and wattage of the power supply.

What type of thermal paste is on there?

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I installed a new seagate 40gb hd in a new system. Unable to load win2000. Message says unable to find boot. Have tried boot disks, but after installing win2000 on restart unable to find boot. I have tried installing old hard drive back into system but get same message. Any ideas

 

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Hi! My computer was accidentally shut off during an update; however, I can't get past the startup screen now. I cannot get into safe mode because when I try to, it just loads forever and my computer will eventually shut off. I tried creating a bootable usb but the same error happens, it just loads for a long time and eventually shuts off. Is there a way I can fix this?
 

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Hi,I am trying to boot from a USB memory stickI have setup the boot sequence correctly in BIOS. USB is in the first place. 1- boot from USB2- boot from Sistem Despite this setup, it does not work.I have tested the USB bootable sitck on a diferent computer and it boots just fine. What is wrong with this computer? Thanks.

A:Unable to boot from USB.

Hi: The only suggestion I can offer is to make sure you are booting the USB sitck from one of the PC's USB2 ports. It won't boot from a USB3 port. You may also have to enable legacy mode in the BIOS, which disables secure boot.

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My laptop has refused to start nor boot. It is currently showing a black screen but the keyboard is working. I have tried to do a system recovery and boot from BIOS and a USB, all to no avail. I conducted a test and log showed : Type - System (E); Result - Failed; Failure ID - 6C01V1-7QW8G7-GXGJMF-60US03; Page 1/1 Description -Hard drive 1-Primary HDD Bay.Kindly assist.

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Hello forums!

My desktop is currently unable to boot up. I started on wednesday when the screen started displaying patches of blue pixels all over the screen whilst playing a PC game (fallout 3). I could not exit the game, and after pressing some keys the computer beeped at totally froze (unable to move mouse). I had to reset the computer from then on to turn it off if this happened. On thursday, my computer would not boot up, instead it would display this:

I have tried cleaning the inside of my computer, in case the massive amount of dust in there was causing soime sort of trouble, which it had a couple months ago. I don't know much about hardware, so i hope you can help me. i've got some important files on there, so i would really appreciate it if you could assist me in getting this thing up and running again!
Thanks in advace techguys!
 

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Hi,

I have a problem booting my pc.
It has been workign fine an I turned it off one night and now it won't boot, it won't even get power.

I have a Jetway V2DP motherboard with an AMD Athlon XP 2.0ghz cpu.
my RAM is 1GB (2x512MB) PC2100 266MHZ DDR CL2.5v ECC alongside a GForce FX 5500 graphics card.
sound card is onborad and mouse is USB. Keyboard is still PS2, and internet is connected through a home networking LAN which is connected via a BT Voyager 205 ADSL router.

I don't know what version of BIOS it is runnning and now have no way of finding out as the system won't even start.
I have a 400w ATX Mercury power supply with a "power" switch on the back.
When i turn the PC off, I always switch this off as it sounds like a TV onstandby otherwise.

When I came to turn this on again, I heard a 2 tone siren (like a police siren).
The PC does nothng else, just plays this siren.
When I turn the ATX "power" switch off, it stops (I'm assuming that it cuts the power.)

In summary, it seems to me that if there is power, then the siren sounds, and I can only stop it by turning the power off!
It won't even let me turn the PC on to try and boot.

Please help as it was working fine beforehand and I'm banging my head harder each day.

thanks in advance,

Af
 

A:Unable to boot - Please help!

try another power supply, it sounds like the one you have is bad. PSU's should not be making noises when the computer is off.
 

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Hi, I have a HP dv7-6180-eb laptop with serial number 5CH1280LA7 that is unable to boot windows.It was working normal before, suddenly it stopped working. I have try'd booting in safe mode, i try'd inserting a installation cd from windows 7 to do a repair, but i'm not even getting on the screen to choose language. When i boot up normally and in safe mode he freeze always at the windows screen,and with the installation cd he keeps loading. I also try'd switching the hard drives at the motherboard, or leave one out but then he says he cannot acces the boot disk. Any help would be much appriciated   

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I just installed new bios chip v1805. I don't the bios chek sum error. Both os's do not load due the file ntoskrnl.exe is missing or corrupted. I'm unable to find a way to copy the file in the cab dir. I cann't get to a dos promt.I'm using a Asus A8N SLI deluxe mobo, 2 gig ram, amd fx57, and dual boot with XP pro 32bit and XP X64. I have my Xp X64 install cd. It will not install due to I get file \AMD\ntkrnlp.exe could not be loaded. The error code is 4.The installation stops.
Thanks for your help Randy
 

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I bought a laptop Aspire E1-531 yesterday.  I have been trying to boot from the DVD drive without any success.  I can read the drive with no problem after boot-up. I enabled F12 Boot Menu at InsydeH20 Setup Utility.  When I have the menu come up I can see only the Windows Boot Manager and nothing else.  Why is that?  Eventurally I have to change the Boot Priority order hoping to boot from the CD drive.  However, the booting process still bypass the CD.  Please help!

A:Unable to boot CD.

I once had a machine with which I needed to actually disable the hard drive boot option and not just switch the boot priority around as that didn`t work...once I had sorted my problem out I went back and needed to enable the boot options...just saying how I managed to do this.

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Hi, i cant boot from usb. there is a possibility bios to be locked?  When i go to BIOS-Configuration-Boot options there isnt USB option.if i go to the more options, there is diskete usb. even if i put this in the top of the list, nothing happen. Any idea? Thank you

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Hi, i cant boot from usb. there is a possibility bios to be locked?  When i go to BIOS-Configuration-Boot options there isnt USB option.if i go to the more options, there is diskete usb. even if i put this in the top of the list, nothing happen. Any idea? Thank you

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Sorry if this is long... I've just want to make sure I include everything I need to.

I've got an Asus G51J Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and the other day it randomly bluescreen'd. Figuring it was a simple crash, I didn't bother to remember the error, and I let it restart. But, when it tried to start back up, it couldn't.

I'm assuming the problem has to do with a corrupt/missing memtest.exe. Honestly, I can't remember how exactly I got to the screen where the computer said that (though, I assume I was doing something in Setup Menu) but it just said that Windows couldn't start due to a missing or corrupt file. Then some other words and then: "File: memtest.exe".
Everything below is what happens when I turn the computer on, as well as what I've all ready tried
When I turn on my computer it shows the Asus splash screen (with the logo and "Esc to Enter Popup Menu | F2 to Enter Setup Menu") and then goes into an error message that says:

Windows Error Recovery
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
If windows files have been damaged or configured incorrectly, Startup Repair can help diagnose and fix the problem. If power was interrupted during startup, choose Start Windows Normally
(BUTTON: )Launch Startup Repair (recommended)
(BUTTON: )Start Windows Normally

I didn't think that'd be very helpful, but thought it was worth posting. Anyway, neither ... Read more

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Hello - I have been worlking on a friends PC for the past couple of days - had install a new hd. After finally installing all the software and configuring the machine I was setting up the Internet Connnection. His ISP is Comcast with a USB (no nic) Motorola Surf Board cable. I install the drivers for the modem from a CD that came with the install package. Onec connected everything is running EXTREMELY SLOW! I realize that I have not patched the machine with any updates. I have a lot of patches on disc (including MS Blast) so install and reboot but the machine is still running so slow. I restart again and upon boot I receive a blue screen - Unmountable_Boot_Device. Thinking that it is one of the patches or the modem drivers I try and start in safe mode but receive the same message.

Has anyone run into the same problem? If so, how did you repair the error?

Thanks for any help.

Andrew
 

A:Unable to boot XP Pro

Download this to your desktop then insert a floppy in the drive and double click on the download. then when the copy process is complete have the system boot from the floppy and see if you get in.
 

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I made a mistake of re-partioning the 2nd HD ( 1 of 2 40Gb drives) this somehow corrupted the boot sector of the other drive with XP installed, I cannot boot the XP from the CD-rom drive the disk is not recognised as a system disk.

So I installed a new WD 160GB drive but still the same problem the message says non system disk and I have also tried soem diagnostic disks like the the one from WD.

The bios is correctly identifying both the new 160Gb HD and also the CD-ROm which is an Imation, which is now about 4-5 years old.

Everything was working before I screwed up, except I cannot be certain about the CD-rom, could it be this is not working properly.

I have a floppy drive but no boot disk and no way of making one.

Please anyone can you advise what to do.
 

A:Unable to Boot from CD-rom

Welcome to TSG!!!!
A bootable disk can be gotten at www.bootdisk.com. Or you can go to Microsoft and make one from there.
vicksl
 

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My (12-year-old) son's computer won't boot. It's a Dell Inspiron 17" running Windows 8, bought from Costco in July 2013. When I turn it on, Dell logo comes on and then in upper left it says "Checking Media [fail]", then "checking media" again, then "No Boot Device Found. Press any key to reboot the machine". I insert a USB recovery drive (it was made for my Toshiba that runs Windows 8.1, but it should work anyway, right?). I choose US keyboard layout and it then opens into Recovery Environment. I choose Troubleshoot → Refresh Your PC. Message appears "The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again." I go to Troubleshoot → Startup Repair, which runs and then says "Startup Repair couldn't repair your PC." I then go back to Troubleshoot → Command Prompt and run chkdsk on Windows drive (c). It says "Windows has checked the file system and found no problems." Dell would probably tell me it's a hard drive failure and tell me to buy another one. But my son has a lot of things on this computer he'd like to keep, and I have a funny feeling that all his stuff is still there if I can only figure out how to fix this boot issue.
All help will be greatly appreciated!!
 

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I get this message on startup from my 64-bit vista pc:

"Windows failed to start..." and then the standard options (safe mode, start normally, etc)

No matter what option I choose, the next page is always the same.

"Windows failed to start...

If you do not have this disk, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File: \windows\suystem32\config\system

Status: 0xc0000014c

Info: windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt."

I have a manufacturers' recovery disk but the cd-drive isn't functioning.




How can I boot the recovery disk (or an .iso of it?) from a USB drive?

A:Unable to boot from USB

Hi, this is by far the best tutorial on this subject:-

How To Make and Use a Bootable WinPE Drive : USB Flash Drives

Once you get to the RE you will need to access the cmd prompt and :-

Enter the following commands to fix the issue.
We need to determine what OS the RE assigned a drive letter to (not always C) so at the x sources prompt type:- bcdedit |find ?osdevice? press enter (use the returned OS drive letter in the following cmds (assume C:).

(press enter after each command)
C:
cd windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config>ren default default.old
C:\windows\system32\config>ren sam sam.old
C:\windows\system32\config>ren security security.old
C:\windows\system32\config>ren software software.old
C:\windows\system32\config>ren system system.old

C:\windows\system32\config>cd regback

C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy default c:\windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy sam c:\windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy security c:\windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy software c:\windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy system c:\windows\system32\config

Restart computer.

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